The Tyne Catchment Partnership

    The Tyne catchment is large (3,000km2) and includes a diversity of land use, from uplands to urban. It is beautiful, welcoming, interesting, and has a very long history of human impacts on its environments.

    There are many different types of communities in the Tyne catchment. There are areas with dense population around Tyne & Wear, but also lots of the catchment with very sparse farmsteads, villages and hamlets.

    Land use is diverse, and to a large extent dictated by altitude, steepness of slope and tidal/coastal river access. The high ground is dominated by moorland and peatland, with a change to agriculture on the less steep slopes particularly in the middle catchment and close to rivers. There are significant areas of commercial forestry and private woodland, particularly in the north-west of the catchment, and 2 major reservoirs: Kielder (Europe's largest man-made reservoir) in the north-west and Derwent in the south. The areas around the tidal areas, estuary and coast are heavily urbanised, and industry is focused along the Tyne valley from the coast to Hexham 25 miles inland, though with greater density in the urban areas around Newcastle/Gateshead.

    The Tyne catchment is recognised for its natural environment and history although none of it is a designated SAC. The south-west uplands fall within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the mid and north parts of the catchment are part of Northumberland National Park. Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site runs through the catchment from east to west, on the north side of the main Tyne.

    The Tyne catchment is valued for its outdoor environment – major walking and cycling routes run through the catchment, including the Pennine Way, Hadrian's Wall and the Coast to Coast routes. It is an important angling destination, both for coarse and game fish, and canoeing and rowing are popular in the mid and lower catchment. The tidal reach is over 20 miles.

    Tyne Rivers Trust is the catchment host for the Tyne Catchment Partnership - http://www.tynecatchment.org/

    Want to know some interesting facts about the Tyne? If so, click here.

    Building Partnership and Engaging Stakeholders

    The Tyne Catchment Partnership is building on the national pilot of 2012 during which time the Tyne Catchment Plan was produced. In 2013 a joint forum was held with Northumberland Rivers Trust and over 50 key stakeholders.

    photo of Tyne Catchment Partnership meeting

    The partnership will hold meetings every quarter. The main benefits of the partnership include:
    · An opportunity to info-share and link to funding news
    · An opportunity to network on complex urban waterbodies
    · A way to prioritise / influence WFD spending
    · Identify mutual priorities and add-value to each other's projects
    · Share information on projects being set up

    Our next meeting will be in September and will include a walk on Blaydon Burn - a new waterbody coming into 'cycle 2'

    Using Data and Evidence in Catchment Planning

    The Tyne Catchment Partnership are building on the Tyne Catchment Plan. They will be conducting more advanced 'gap analysis' to prioritise the projects identified by the 340 issues raised in the plan.

    Delivering Catchment Management Interventions

    The Tyne Catchment Partnership would like to announce that Newcastle is going to be a demonstration city in 2015 for the Blue Green Cities Approach. For more information click here.

    Catchment Host: Tyne Rivers Trust

    Core Partners: 

    Country Land & Business Association
    Durham Wildlife Trust
    Environment Agency
    Forestry Commission
    Gateshead Council
    National Farmers Union
    Natural England
    Newcastle City Council
    North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership
    North Tyneside Council
    Northern Farmers & Landowners Group
    Northumberland Community Flooding Partnership
    Northumberland County Council
    Northumberland National Park Authority
    Northumberland Wildlife Trust
    Northumbrian Water
    Port of Tyne

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    Tyne Catchment

    The Tyne catchment is large (3,000km2) and includes a diversity of land use, from uplands to urban. It is beautiful, welcoming, interesting, and has a very long history of human impacts on its environments.

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    Tel: 01434 636900

Northumbria Info

The Northumbria RBD, which covers an area of 9,029 sq km, includes Northumberland and County Durham, with small areas of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. Northumbria's landscape is one of extreme variation, from highly industrial urban areas to moors, hills and valleys of the National Park, the Heritage coastline and the Pennines AONB. Approximately 2.5 million people live in the region, primarily in two locations: Tyne and Wear, and the Tees Valley. The most significant cities and towns include Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, Stockton and Middlesbrough. To the west, a diverse rural landscape supports a range of agricultural activities from livestock and dairy farming to cereal and vegetable production. Forestry is also a significant industry.


The Catchment-Based Approach website is designed to showcase the work of catchment partnerships aross England and Wales and to encourage the sharing and adoption of best practice in stakeholder-led catchment managment planning, delivery and evaluation.
Email: info@catchmentbasedapproach.org


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